States, Social Capital and Cooperation

Looking Back on Governing the Commons

Denise L. Anthony, John L. Campbell

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    Abstract

    This paper reflects on Elinor Ostrom’s classic book, Governing the Commons, and much work in sociology, political science and organization studies that has appeared since its publication. We do so in order to expand our understanding of the conditions under which cooperation occurs resulting in the production of collective goods. We explore two issues that were underdeveloped in her book that have subsequently received much attention. First, we discuss how states can facilitate cooperative behavior short of coercively imposing it on actors. Second, we discuss how social capital can facilitate or undermine cooperative behavior. In both cases we focus on the important mechanisms by which each one contributes to the development of cooperative behavior and collective goods. We conclude by extending our arguments to a brief analysis of one of the world’s newest and largest collective goods – the Internet.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalInternational Journal of the Commons
    Volume5
    Issue number2
    Pages (from-to)284–302
    ISSN1875-0281
    Publication statusPublished - 2011

    Keywords

    • Collective Goods
    • Cooperation
    • Internet
    • Social Capital
    • States

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    Anthony, Denise L. ; Campbell, John L. / States, Social Capital and Cooperation : Looking Back on Governing the Commons. In: International Journal of the Commons. 2011 ; Vol. 5, No. 2. pp. 284–302.
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